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This page is dedicated to the fishing men and women of the Peak District. There are lots of areas wild and also man-made ones, where fishing in the Peak District is a pleasure. Whatever ability and how seriously you take the sport, there are lakes and rivers crystal clear filled to bursting with trout and fisheries who allow permit fishing to take home a tasty meal for tea. 
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Discover Tenkara at Upper House Hayfield Upper House offers immersive weekend introductions to Tenkara, the traditional form of Japanese mountain fly fishing. The UKs principal Tenkara guides, Paul Gaskell and John Pearson from Discover Tenkara will guide you through the philosophy, the equipment, the unique fly tying and the practical application of this successful and fascinating technique, in the mountain streams of Kinder in the Peak National Park. After a comprehensive...
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Discover Tenkara at Upper House Hayfield
  Bakewell, Derbyshire   The rain which we spoke of in the December Prospects has hardly let up and the river angler has been doing well to catch anything like reasonable conditions. It seems the river Dove has been a little more fishable than say the Wye or Derwent at times, but, by and large fishable days have been hard to find. Still, knowledge comes with experience, and some good knowledge can come from negative experiences, but the last Wednesday in December...
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Fly fishing Tuition at Chatsworth has certainly proved to be a success in more ways than one. It has given Fly fishers the chance to fish for winter Grayling, which many people don’t have access to. It has also fished its little socks off with everyone getting into some lovely, fin perfect, fish. The trick has been to get well down to the fish with heavy case less caddis type patterns. This is the norm during the colder months and December fishing is likely to...
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Hints & Tips December 2013
Grayling fishing tuition in the Peak District, Derbyshire Dales & South Yorkshire has been nothing short of spectacular during October with all my clients getting into fish. November should continue the trend if the rain will stop long enough to let the rivers settle down to fishable levels. My advice for the River fisher would be – don’t be in such a hurry to put the tackle away for winter. If you have access to Grayling fishing then don’t waste it. If...
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Hints & Tips November 2013
Fly fishing in the Derbyshire Peak District & South Yorkshire for River Trout is now almost at an end for another season. Still Water Fly fishers will continue to fish for stocked Rainbow Trout on many fisheries. If the weather allows it can be a good time to find a little peace and quiet as many anglers store their tackle away for next season. Hatches of flies will be spasmodic but will still occur in the warmer parts of the day. Don’t forget your Terrestrial Patterns...
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October Hints and Tips
Fly Fishing Tuition in the Peak District & South Yorkshire has been a hectic affair over the last month or so. I think people have been making up for lost time at the start of the season. It’s hard to believe September is upon us already and the Trout Season will soon be at an end for another year. Now is not the time to be heavy hearted though as September can be a cracking month. Trout should be feeding well in order to put on some weight before their breeding season and...
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September Hints & Tips
Fly fishing Tuition in the Peak District, Derbyshire & South Yorkshire has been very busy during June, with both Rivers & Still Waters fishing well. July should continue the trend and if the weather stays warm it should encourages the fly life to remain active. Only the odd May fly is still emerging and the fish aren’t paying much attention. It is normal to get a bit of a lull after the Mayfly period, as the fish are usually full to bursting and starting to get a...
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Fly Fishing in The Peak District, Derbyshire & South Yorkshire in July
Fly Fishing in the Derbyshire Peak District & South Yorkshire has been anything but predictable so far this season. Fly life seems to have been put back by about a month due to the cold and windy spring. I didn’t see the Hawthorne fly until the very end of May and it usually puts in an appearance around the end of April. That’s how it got its other name the Saint Marks Fly – Saint Marks Day being the 25th of April. The Mayfly is just starting to emerge but...
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June Hints & Tips
Fly fishing in the Peak District & South Yorkshire has been tough so far this season, but the fish are there to be had if you are prepared to venture out. The season started with low river levels & has now seen the rivers a little on the high side & coloured. The one constant feature though has been the cold & windy weather. Fly hatches have been sparse and insect life generally seems to be on hold at the moment. When Fly have come off a few fish have obliged and...
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HINTS & TIPS – MAY
The Gentleman said – “I have rights to just a bit of River that runs at the bottom of the garden. Hardly anyone fishes it and it’s not stocked or anything but I guess it will do for what we want”. What I heard was – “I have fishing rights on a small section of exclusive wild Trout & Grayling water” - this was going to be interesting! It was just before Christmas last year & I was contacted by a chap wanting to buy his Dad an...
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Fly Fishing News
Fly fishing in the Peak District & South Yorkshire is only 3 weeks away now. It’s an exciting time as we all wonder what the new season will have in store. Hopefully the weather will be kinder than last season and the Fly life and Fish will be plentiful. It’s time to go through your check list in readiness for the first day out: -    Renew your E.A. License. -    Check the Waders have no obvious holes in them. ...
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Fly Fishing News
Fly fishing Tuition in the Peak District, Derbyshire Dales & South Yorkshire takes you to some beautiful locations on both river & still water. I teach Casting, Fly fishing Techniques, Basic Entomology, Fly Choice, River Craft, Tackle & Set Up, but regardless of where I teach or what is to be included SAFETY is always one of the first things I cover. Be it Still Water or River it can be a potentially dangerous environment and we should always treat it with the greatest...
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Fly fishing Tuition in the Peak District on SAFETY
Fly fishing Gift & Present ideas always seem very straight forward to me but my wife always says I am difficult to buy for.  The reason is – she doesn’t fish & I do. So for me any Fly tackle shop is like Toys R Us but for her it is all very bewildering. In the true spirit of Christmas I would like to offer some help & guidance for those who struggle for ideas for the Fly fisher in their lives. The ideas are suitable for all Fly fishers whether they are...
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Fly Fishing Gift & Present Ideas
I offer Fly fishing tuition in the Derbyshire Dales, Peak District National Park & South Yorkshire during November usually for two distinctly different types of people. Firstly for the smart Fly fishers who want to use the quieter time to prepare & practice their skills in readiness for next season. Those who want to be able to cast longer distances, achieve greater accuracy, present a fly more delicately. When I was preparing to take my Game Angling Instructors...
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Fly Fishing Hints and Tips for November
Fly fishing tuition in the Derbyshire Dales, Peak District & South Yorkshire has been very brisk in September. Unfortunately the weather spoiled itself in the final week after what had been the best month of the season so far. I struggle to remember a wetter or more unpredictable season but early & mid September did come up trumps for the Fly fisher. The Rivers & Still Waters fished well with some excellent catches of both Trout & Grayling. Much of the action has been...
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Fly Fishing in September was a Brisk Month
Fly fishing in the Derbyshire Peak District & South Yorkshire for River Trout is almost at an end for another season. It ends in South Yorkshire on the 30th September but the Peak District has the benefit of another week until the 7th October on most waters. Still Water Fly fishing will continue for stocked trout on many fisheries so if the weather allows it then you can still get some Fly fishing in over the autumn and winter period. Hatches of flies will be less prolific but...
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Fly Fishing Hints & Tips for October
Fly Fishing in the Peak District National Park during September will hopefully be a little more predictable. So far we have had a lot of rain and unseasonably cool weather. It’s hard to believe that the last month of the Trout Season is upon us. Here’s hoping it will live up to expectations. September is usually a good month as the Trout should be feeding well in order to put on some weight before their breeding season. We need to make the most of this month & the...
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Fly Fishing - September Hints and Tips
Fly Fishing in the Peak District, Derbyshire & South Yorkshire in August can prove to be tricky. Fly fishing instruction requires a detailed knowledge of the water to be fished & its inhabitants. Learning to Fly fish isn’t just about learning to cast or having a vast choice of flies. It’s about being able to put the right imitation fly in the right place and present it in such a way that it looks real to the fish. If the weather continues to be more...
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Fly Fishing Hints & Tips
Fly fishing in the Peak District, Derbyshire & South Yorkshire, you should see a great deal of fly life coming into play in July. If we do get anything like a summer this year then the month should be warm & mainly dry. The fly life will react to this by being more active in the cooler parts of the day, the morning & particularly in the evening. When Fly fishing on Stillwater or River we should plan to take advantage of this and be there in the morning or evening. Fly...
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Fly Fishing in The Peak District, Derbyshire & South Yorkshire in July
Fly fishing in Derbyshire, the Peak District, South Yorkshire or anywhere for that matter is about deceiving fish with an artificial fly. There is much confusion about what is meant by “Fly”. Just look in a Fly Tackle Shop and you will be amazed at what passes as a so called fly. River & Lake Flies are creatures that live for almost all of their lives underwater as Nymphs or Larvae. When we use imitations of these we are “Wet Fly or Nymph” fishing. ...
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Fly Fishing Hints & Tips
If you are in the Peak District this Summer and fancy learning the art of fly fishing then why not book yourself a days tuition with us on our Private section of River Derwent in Darley Dale. Because we own the fishing rights here, you will have this beautiful river all to yourself whilst your learn techniques for catching the wild brown trout and grayling that frequent the weedy shallows and deeper pools. You will learn specific casting techniques to enable you to fish wet flies,...
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Fancy the river all to yourself?
Fly Fishing in Derbyshire & the Peak District can be very good in the month of June. The Mayfly will still be around in the early part of the month to induce the Trout to give the vicious takes that are so exciting to the Fly fisher. This will gradually subside and then the fish will be well fed & far more choosey about what they are prepared to take. The Blue Winged Olive (BWO) is a bread and butter fly at this time and always worth having in your fly box. Remember...
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Fly Fishing Hints & Tips
Learn to Fly fish in the Peak District on a stunning section of the beautiful River Wye with all tackle provided & Qualified Instructors & Coaches to help you along. All you have to do is turn up with a positive attitude, a picnic lunch, a hat & glasses - there must be a catch & indeed there was! In fact the youngsters who took part in the Salmon & Trout Association (South Yorkshire Branch) Junior Day made quite a few catches of beautiful Brown & Rainbow...
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Peak District Fly fishing Magic
Successful Dry Fly Fishing is partly down to getting the correct Fly Pattern on your leader but mainly down to correct Presentation of the Fly. Presenting a fly is about making it behave in the same way as the natural insect would. When Nymph fishing we need to put a natural movement into the nymph. When Dry Fly Fishing we usually need to take movement, or drag, out of the equation, although there are times when it is required. It goes without saying that a Dry Fly should Float but...
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DRY FLY TIPS
The month of May is a highlight in the Fly fisher’s calendar as waterborne flies start to emerge in ever increasing numbers. The Mayfly (Ephemera Vulgata & Danica) puts in an appearance any time from mid May to mid June and we enter a period classed as “the cream of fly fishing time”. The price of Day Tickets on the prime fisheries also starts to emerge in increasing numbers. The Mayfly time is short and unpredictable so if you intend to treat yourself be...
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Fly Fishing – Magic May?
My name is Peter Lax and I am a Professional Game Angling Instructor qualified at GAIC Level for Game Angling Techniques with a Single Handed Rod. I am also a UKCC Licensed Level 2 Game Angling Coach. I offer Fly-fishing Lessons, tuition, coaching & guiding in and around North East Derbyshire & South Yorkshire.   If you would like to learn to fly fish but not sure how to get started, then why not try my:- Introduction to Fly Fishing Lessons (River or Small...
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Peak District Fishing - Peter Lax - Derbyshire
Snow and then rain have helped to boost water levels in both the rivers and lake here in the Peak District.   The Wye was looking good yesterday when I was with a client at Monsal Dale although there was just a tinge of colour which slowed down the Olive hatch meaning we fished nymphs more than we would have liked.   Let's hope that levels remain good from now.   Talking of levels, the reservoirs have received a welcome boost from recent snow and rain and...
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Water Levels Boost with Recent Snow and Rain.
I cannot remember the last time I had a days fishing with a Klinkhammer and didn't have a fish rise to my fly. This revolutionary fly was invented by Hans van Klinken in 1984. Hanns was fishing the Glomma river in Norway, chasing the huge Graying that the river is renowned for. Hans was trying to imitate the shape of the Caddis which he had observed when cleaning Grayling for the pot. From experience fishing the river, he knew that fish liked taking insects in the surface film in the...
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The Brilliant Klinkhammer.
Leap Year Day saw me looking over the wall at Ladybower Fishery which opens this weekend - members only on the 1st and 2nd March and the general Fishing Public on the 3rd. March.   Traditionally an early opening water this year finds it full again after a very low water period last year although the lack of recent rains even here in the High Peak, normally a pretty wet area, could spell level problems again this year.   Hope I am wrong.   The weather is...
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Leap Year Day at Ladybower Fisheries
Ladybower reservoir, in the heart of the Peak District Natioanl Park is one of the most stunning fly fishing venues in the UK. Built in the late 1930's  by flooding the villages of Ashopton and Derwent, Ladybower's water is supplied by the rivers Derwent and Ashopton which flow in to the reservoir. Opening day for fly fishing is the 1st March for season ticket holders and the 3rd of March for day tickets. This extensive water can be fished either from the bank or by boats...
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Ladybower Prepares For Opening Day 2012
Of all the places to fish, the river will always be closest to many anglers’ hearts.   Whilst on the still water or pond one can catch the same fish all year, on the river who knows what monster has slipped upstream during the recent high water!   The Derbyshire Derwent flows for half of its 66 mile course through the Peak District and many of these miles are rural and very beautiful. From its source high up near Bleaklow, the Derwent flows through the famous...
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Peak District Rivers - The River Derwent.
Bright sunshine today saw me on the banks of the river Derwent talking to a friend who fishes there.   It was great to see some water in the river again after the extreme low levels of 2011, even if it is still only about normal summer level.   I am hoping for some decent rains this month - 'February Filldyke'  as an old friend used to call it - for without them we will be desperate for water in the coming summer, both for our fishing and, some would say even...
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February Blog by Philip White
The popular fly fishing school, Peaks Fly Fishing, has announced that they will award one lucky person a free fly fishing course in the second most visited national park, The Peak District.  The competition is now open.   The Peak District, Derbyshire, 24th January, 2012: The second most visited national park in the world, The Peak District, is the home of Peaks Fly Fishing, a company that has just announced that they will offer a completely free fly fishing course to...
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Peaks Fly Fishing  Competition Announced
David Johnson runs Peaks Fly Fishing, a fly fishing school operating in and around the Peak District. Peaks Fly Fishing is unique as it owns the fishing rights on a small private stretch of the river Derwent where customers can learn the art of fly fishing with the river all to themselves. David has 25 years experience fishing the streams and reservoirs in the Peaks and his friendly easy going style has helped thousands of anglers catch their first fish. When asked what makes the...
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Fancy learning the art of fly fishing?
Wet and dry fly fishing opened Sunday 4th September at the new fishing lake at Peak District Spa. Excavation of the lake and the installation of the pond liner was completed last autumn with aquatic plants and fish allowed to settle in over the summer. About an acre in size, the lake is ideal for beginners learning to cast - or more experienced anglers wanting to polish “rusty” casting technique before tackling the renowned limestone rivers nearby such as the Dove,...
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July has been just as dry as the preceding months, with fishing getting harder and harder during the day on all the waters.   Fly hatches are sparse until the evenings but a sedge fished on the surface has picked off fish on the Wye and Press manor for various clients during the month.   Montana nymph is a favourite with regulars at Press, fished deep for fish feeding on the sloping stone clad sides, probably on snails or cased caddis but I prefer to get the...
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Last time I raised hopes by mentioning the immanent Mayfly hatch.   Well, sadly this was a bit of a 'damp squib' this year pretty well throughout the Derbyshire area.   Most of the waters saw only sporadic hatches and these only lasted about a week or so.   Probably low water conditions have had a part to play in this and it is interesting to hear from more than one source that these flies have made a second appearance this month, so local and visiting...
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Philip White - Mayfly Hatch
  I have recently been to visit a newly available stretch of the Dove near Hartington.   This is the Beresford Dale beat which has on its banks the historic Walton/Cotton stone built fishing hut often referred to as the 'Temple'.  It is certainly unique as fishing rooms go and quite something to see.  The water is typical of the upper middle Dove with a mixed habitat of runs and pools for the resident brown trout and it fished dry fly and...
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Philip White - The Beresford Dale Beat
  The first two weeks in May have seen me both on the local stillwaters and the rivers again with visits to the Wye at Rowsley and Monsal Dale.   With the water levels very low and the weather patterns somewhat strange for this time of year, fishing is a little patchy at times but all my clients have caught fish.   Fly hatches are very sporadic at the moment and the fish have seemed preoccupied with aphids, of which there are simply thousands on the water...
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Philip White - blog 17th May, 2011
Carsington Sports and Leisure have been providing training courses for professionals and amateur enthusiasts for many years in water based activities. The activities they offer include: Sailing Windsurfing Kayak & Canoeing Powerboating Mountain Biking Climbing Fishing Youth Activities Orienteering Courses Corporate Events Kids Activity Days Peddle and Paddle Days Youth Courses They offer training in a wide variety of disciplines, using a...
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Carsington Sports and Leisure - Ashbourne
  April has seen me spending some time on the river Wye, both at Monsal Dale as well as lower down on the Peacock at Rowsley water.   As is normal for this time of year the main activity was around lunchtime with fish rising to sporadic hatches of small olives, with sport easing off by around 3.30pm meaning a relatively short fishing day for those using the dry fly.   Others who fished nymphs at Monsal caught more fish, which are more active sub-surface at...
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Philip White - blog 30th April 2011
  A bright sunny start to the season at Carsington saw every boat out on the water early.   There was a cold wind coming off the dam wall and this coupled with the bright sun will probably keep the fish fairly near the bottom in the shallower parts of the reservoir which is pretty normal on this water.   A number of limit bags were reported by lunchtime with a good showing of brownies amongst the fish caught.   It is too early to say what methods...
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A Good Showing of Brownies at Carsington
The 18th March sees the river fly fishing season open on many waters, although some prefer to start a little later at the beginning of April.   I drove up to Buxton today passing along the river Wye in the process.  There was a good number of rods out for their first cast of the season in absolutely glorious sunny weather, even though it was a little cool in the Northerly breeze.   I did not stop as I was aiming for Errwood Reservoir at the head of the Goyte...
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River Fly Fishing Season Open On Many Waters
Ladybower Reservoir in the Peak District under new management!   A report from Peak District Online Fishing Expert – Philip White   Ladybower Reservoir is opening for fishing under new Management on Tuesday 1st March 2011.   I spoke to David Smith today and he tells me he is working hard to get everything shipshape by Monday at the latest.  Bookings are already coming in and everything looks set for the season.   ...
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LATEST NEWS JUST IN!
Another week that has started with foul weather affecting the rivers and any sensible chances of fly fishing.   Still that does not mean there is nothing to do.   Will be giving a talk and fly tying demo to Derby County Angling Club tonight.   This is one of the strongest Fishing clubs around and it has a wealth of waters for all fishing interests, be it coarse, trout or salmon.   It is a club that even visiting anglers could consider if they...
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Dreaming of better weather to come
Philip White APGAI - Your UK Fly Fishing Guide and Instructor at Peak District Fly Fishing.   I am a member of the Game Angling Instructors Association (GAIA) and hold the Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructor (APGAI) qualification in all three disciplines, namely Trout and Seatrout(single handed casting), Salmon (double handed casting) and Fly Dressing.  I am a qualified Level 2 Coach in Game Angling.   I have fished for over 50 years and...
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Philip White APGAI
Crocus and Snowdrops are blooming in my front garden, a timely reminder that spring is just around the corner, even if more snow is ‘promised’ for the next few days. This tells me that I must get on with two things immediately. The first is to plan at least one trip after the ‘lady of the stream’, the grayling, before the coarse fishing season ends in mid March. Actually, this was planned for today but when I arrived the Dove was pushing through and quite...
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Spring is Round the Corner
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